Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women in Australia. Having seen how this harrowing disease has affected an incredibly brave family member and taken a dear family friend this year, fundraising for breast cancer is a cause that is very close to my heart. As such, I have been involved in organising the annual “Think Pink Day” at my work for the past few years and several Biggest Morning Teas as my small way of helping to raise money and awareness for this awful disease which has also affected many people that I know.
I have been invited by a friend at work to come along to an event called ‘Girls Just Want To Have Funds’ for the past few years (she is on the organising committee) but have never been able to attend due to various reasons. So when I was invited again this year and was able to go, I happily volunteered to take photographs on the night to capture all of the best moments of this very special event. I had been told to expect a fantastic time but little did I know just how awesome this night would be.
‘Girls Just Want To Have Funds’ is a Girls Night In event held every year in October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month) at the Springwood Football Club to raise money and awareness for womens cancer. This is organised by a fabulous group of women who live in Springwood and surrounding suburbs who have decided to use their negative experiences with women’s cancer to create a positive outcome. What started as a small night at one lady’s home with about 20 friends in the first year has grown each year to be a huge event with a much bigger list of attendees and massive amount of contributions from sponsors.
This year’s event was clearly the biggest, craziest and most successful yet. 115 ladies attended on the night and a total of $7,644 was raised which is an amazing effort. That figure has contributed to an overall amount of $31,485 raised in the 7 years that this event has been held now.
Guests were treated to a glass of bubbly and a beautiful gift bag on arrival followed by a fantastic spread of food and dessert and DJ tunes that lasted all night. There were several great games organised including ‘Who’s Your Daddy’ and ‘Bums and Boobs’ which were great fun and provided many laughs. There was also a massive spread of raffle prizes ranging from beauty products to accomodation which were in hot demand.
The major sponsors for the evening included Yuva, Paul Simpsons DJ & Jukebox Hire, Pizza Lane Underwood, Miss Masseuse, Deux Belletes Accommodation, Menz Refrigeration Transport, Jacaranda Cottages, Personal Training Bikram Yoga Capalaba, Gold Coast Gondola, Millinery by Reginia, Ridge Jewellers, Tamborine Cooking School, Tea & Niceties Mt Tamborine, Felicia McAuliffe, ProjectFIT Personal Training, Allara Homestead, Temple Massages, Gypsys Table, Avocado Sunset, Yalumba Wines, Variety Marketing Underwood, and Focus by James Springwood. (My apologies if I have missed anyone. If you would would like to be added to this post, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will gladly include your name).
The organising committee for this event put in a huge effort (special mention should definitely go to Janette Hickman who works on this project all year round) and should be extremely proud of all their hard work as this was such a brilliant night.
If you love a great night out with the girls and want to support a good cause, definitely buy a ticket to this next year and come along.
I know I will be there again – next time with crazy girlfriends in tow!